SIDMOUTH 2nd XV  19  v  TIVERTON 2nd XV  22


With the Blackmore Field waterlogged, the value of the re-laid pitches at Sidford was highlighted as this 2nd Team match went ahead in near perfect conditions.


The visitors won a close-fought contest thanks to a comeback inspired by an opportunist try in first half injury time.


With the breeze at their backs, the ‘Quins made a strong start and deservedly took an early lead, when Tom Osborne dummied his way over in the corner on the end of an excellent handling move. The try was unconverted.


Midway through the half the lead was extended from a lineout catch-and-drive play, when Aaron Down peeled off the driving maul to power his way over. Adam Squance added the conversion.


Tiverton came more into the game as the half progressed and, in the closing minutes of the half, were pressing inside the Sidmouth 22. An attempted clearance kick was charged down by a forward, who followed up to win the chase for the touchdown. The try was converted by the scrum half to make the halftime score 12-7.


Tiverton continued to dominate territory from the restart and were soon on level terms. After a period of pressure near the Sidmouth line, the tight head prop burst over from ten metres out on the blindside of a ruck. The try was unconverted.


The visitors were soon back on the attack and Dan Rugg did well to get his body under a Tiverton player, preventing a touchdown, as he tackled him over the try-line. However, the pressure eventually told when the scrum half finished off a move on the blindside of a ruck inside the 22. He also added the conversion from wide out. He then kicked a penalty to open up a ten-point gap with five minutes to play.


The ‘Quins showed good spirit to finish the game strongly. They closed the gap with a try by Mark Unsworth under the posts from a quickly taken tap penalty. Adam Squance converted to set up a tense closing few minutes but the visitors held on until the final whistle.



SIDMOUTH 2nd XV  19  v  CREDITON 2nd XV  25


Played in excellent conditions at Sidford between two young, uninhibited sides, this was a thoroughly entertaining and close-fought match.


The first 20 minutes proved to be the decisive period. During this time, play was confined exclusively to the Crediton half but Sidmouth failed to trouble the scoreboard. The Crediton defence was quite outstanding in both organisation and execution. The Quins got within a few metres of the line more than once but could not find a way to cross the whitewash.


So, it was very much against the run of play that Crediton took the lead on their first incursion into the Sidmouth half. Under pressure, the Sidmouth defence proved less watertight than the visitors and Crediton progressed the ball through several phases to the Sidmouth line, where the number eight powered his way over for an unconverted try.


Now full of confidence, Crediton soon added a second try, when the right winger finished of a handling move started in their own half. The try was converted.


On the half hour, the Quins eventually broke their duck. Breaks by Johnny Hamill and Harry Rumens took play to the Crediton line, where Aaron Down dived over from the base of a ruck. Tom Robbins added the conversion.


Crediton finished the half strongly and added a penalty in injury time to lead 15-7 at the break.


They increased their lead soon after the restart, when the left winger finished off a good handling move. The try was successfully converted.


Midway through the half, the Quins reduced the lead with a well-worked move around the front of a lineout just inside the Crediton 22. The ball was palmed forward to scrum half Rhys Davies, whose pass found hooker Sam Dix in support with a clear run to the line. The try was unconverted.


A period of Crediton pressure was rewarded with a penalty.


The Quins threw caution to the wind in the final minutes and produced some promising handling moves. Eventually, Tom Robbins found space on the blindside of a ruck just inside the Crediton half. He still had plenty to do and left two defenders in his wake on the way to the line. He added the conversion to set up an exciting finish, but the visitors held on for a deserved win.  




 Sidmouth 2nd 31   Torquay 2nd 20


Conditions proved to be perfect for open flowing rugby and both sides contributed to make it a watchable even encounter. The Quins being a couple of players light were grateful to be  joined by Ben West, now with Withycombe, and the 3 other stalwarts after their game went down, hopefully these clubs link ups will ensure more games go can go ahead.

An early injury to full back Mark Bishop resulted in a temporary backline reshuffle which the visitors capitalised on keeping the Quins under the cosh for the first period of play, finally getting their first try wide out on 15 minutes.

The Quins started to use the slope and wind to good advantage keeping Torquay penned in their own half, a Johnny Hamill kick to the corner was chased down by wing Ben West who disrupted the fullbacks attempted clearance, Johnny Hamill was on hand to pick up the loose ball and go over, the try was unconverted.

The Quins enjoyed some good first phase ball, props Yann Tippet and Veteran Daren Sainsbury providing a solid platform, a 5 metre scrum resulted in a quickly taken penalty, hooker Neil Barratt drove over, Will Dunford adding the extras.

Will Dunford created the next try with a long miss pass on halfway creating the space for Ben West to race away to the score a converted try in the corner.

Half Time 19 – 7

Torquay started the second half using the same tactics as the Quins had, keeping the ball deep in the Sidmouth half. Sustained pressure from the visitors saw them gain the upper hand, with 2 unconverted tries and a penalty making a 19 to 20 score line.

The Quins defended well but were in need of a get out jail card, which came courtesy of a Tom Robbins interception 40 metres out and to score under the posts, Will Dunford again converting.

This gave the game a nail biting last 10 minutes, but Ben Pratt settled the nerves with a delicate chip ahead and gather to score ensuring the victory.




Withycombe 5   Sidmouth Quins 80   

Following on from fine wins away at Honiton and at home to South Molton,  Sidmouth Quins carried momentum forward to Withycombe, running out convincing winners 80 points to 5.

From the outset Sidmouth showed it had the pace and guile in the backs to cause mayhem at will and it was in the first few minutes that flanker Matt James went over for the first of fourteen tries. Centre and skipper Giles Dixon led the team from the front scoring two uncoverted tries in quick succession.

Next Flyhalf Will Dunford dummied his way over scoring under the posts which he then converted.

Early injuries caused disruption to both sides with Withycombe suffering in the backs and Sidmouth in the forwards losing two, unfortunately with only backs on the bench as cover. Withycombe to their credit were never going to capitulate showing enterprise willing to run the ball at every opportunity.

Right wing Mark Oke profited from a long miss pass in the centre to dart over in the corner, Centre Jake Watts rounded off the first half with another well worked unconverted try.

Half Time 32 Nil

 With such a positive score line keeping the concentration going was always going to be difficult but virtually from the restart  bustling dynamic prop Arron Down went over in the corner.

Ex Sidmouth wing Ben West with his pace proved to be Withycombe’s most potent threat, it was his 50 metre run up field and offload which resulted in a deserved try under the posts, the missed conversion summing up their day.

Sidmouth kept the scoreboard ticking over with a third try for Giles Dixon, a second for Jake Watts, Mark Oke and Arron Down.

Johnny Hamill got in on the act joining the line from fullback making the extra man to score wide out, but it was young legs that had the final say, hooker Luke Dix showing his fitness outpacing the defence and his own support to score two late tries both from 40 metres out.

Tom Robbins after some kicking practise got his eye in converting the last four tries, one from the touchline.







SIDMOUTH 2nds  50  v  WITHYCOMBE 2nds  14


The Quins gained their second Merit Table victory in a match played in good conditions. The  forwards provided a solid platform and good possession for the speedier Sidmouth backs to build up a good score.


The Quins took an early lead, when good handling from a scrum on their own 22 gave space for Ben Pratt to break through on a 50 metre run and time his pass perfectly for Johnny Hamill to run in for a try converted by Adam Squance.


Play was evenly contested until midway through the half, when the Withycombe were penalised and Will Dunford kicked to the corner. A maul was set up from the resulting lineout. When the ball emerged Josh Ledger broke on the blindside and his inside pass allowed Ollie Shaw to dive over for an unconverted try.


A few minutes later, James Salter finished off a move in which Ben Pratt and Mark Oke had combined in a move covering 50 metres. Adam Squance added the extra points.


A long spell of pressure by Withycombe was eventually rewarded, when the number eight burst over from close range for a converted try.


The Quins were reduced to 14 men, when Dan Ledger was yellow carded for a high tackle. Despite the disadvantage, Ben Pratt scored on the end of a good handling move following a lineout inside the visitors 22 to make the halftime score 24-7.


Ten minutes into the second half Tom Robbins finished off a good handling move after a strong run by Matt Ewings had opened up the defence.


The lead was increased when a long pass from Will Dunford found Adam Squance in space on the left wing. Squance kicked the conversion from wide out.


Skipper Neil Barratt was next on the score sheet, when he peeled off a maul to sprint in under the post giving Adam Squance and easy conversion.


The try of the match followed, when Johnny Hamill broke out of his own 22 up the left wing and found Tom Robbins in support to take play into the opposing 22. The ball was quickly recycled and quick handling gave Adam Squance the room to finish off in the right corner before adding the conversion.


Withycombe showed good spirit to finish strongly and deserved the penalty try they were awarded for a high tackle in injury time.